Is it ever right for Governments to restrict freedom of speech?

  1. edmondpogi profile image61
    edmondpogiposted 7 years ago

    Is it ever right for Governments to restrict freedom of speech?

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    Jill Herschmanposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely.  The government has a right to issue permits restricting where and when groups can organize as long as they don't discriminate based on the content or beliefs of the organization.  In other words, they can restrict speech on the basis of time and space available. 

    Also, you don't have free speech in high-traffic buildings (such as inside classrooms/buildings, even in a public school).  You can cause a fire hazard if you're blocking an entrance, and, if people are required to be in that building (say, if they're going to class), they're considered a captive audience, and they shouldn't have to listen to someone making a statement.

    Your freedom of speech ends where my freedoms begin.  The government can restrict speech if it imposes on someone else's basic human rights.  That's a bit of a grey area, but sometimes protecting people from personal attacks is more important than protecting the right to make them.  Not always though, because sometimes the restrictions go too far, and we don't say anything for fear of "insulting" another person or group.

  3. Bretsuki profile image79
    Bretsukiposted 6 years ago

    Yes, there are periods of time when government should have a right to limit freedom of speech.

    In times of war for instance, if notice of an operation gets leaked lives are at stake. Then limits should be imposed.

    Restrictions need to be loose in times of lesser national danger but if public knowledge would endanger the nation then the nation should be supreme. Of course that opens a whole can of worms as to who decides what is in the national interest, So far that is not resolved satisfactirily.